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Songs That Speak From The Heart

10/10/2015 2:00pm EDT
Incredibly Heartfelt Songs Of 2015, Vol. 1
People tend to relate to a person more of if they speak from the heart, hence adding more legitimacy and passion to their words. The same could be said about music – people relate more if the song is heartfelt. Over the course of 2015, there have been numerous heartfelt songs – too many to cover in just one article! The 15 songs that grace this list all have that personal, heartfelt touch, making them rise above other, less notably touching songs. Folks, prepare for those heartstrings to be tugged!

1) Jazmine Sullivan, “Forever Don’t Last” (Reality Show)

“I had high hopes for us bab...

Meet Kygo: The 24-Year-Old Norwegian DJ And Producer

9/29/2015 6:09pm EDT
Last weekend, we endured the scorching desert heat in Las Vegas for the 3rd annual Life is Beautiful Art and Music festival, which shut down fifteen blocks in downtown Las Vegas. With headlining artists like Vegas locals Brandon Flowers (The Killers) and Imagine Dragons, along with Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder and Duran Duran (playing their only U.S. festival this year), we knew this was a festival we could not miss!

Starpulse had a chance to chat with one of the festival’s most anticipated acts, who put on an amazing show on the newly added EDM stage on closing night. Kygo, t...

14 Notable Songs That Pose Questions

9/12/2015 10:00am EDT
14 Recent Songs That Ask Questions
Ah, it’s time for a truly deep question: What makes a song a song? Plenty it turns out, and each and every song has its own unique characteristics. Some songs are exclamatory – assertive in title and equally assertive in substance. Some are jubilant, bursting with the exuberance of sharing “joy to the world” and earning a permanent spot in listener’s hearts. Others ask questions in their title and within their lyrics.

So are songs that ask questions questionable themselves? They could be, but ultimately the songs in question simply inquire, sometimes so inquisitively that a series of qu...

What Makes These 21 Songs So Manly?

8/16/2015 3:00pm EDT
21 Of The Manliest Songs – Sort Of!
What makes a song manly? Is it courage, resolve, or being hard-nosed? Maybe it’s chugging beer, playing/watching football, and “wearing the pants” in the household. Well in the case of this manly list – 21 of the Manliest Songs – Sort Of! – the only requirement to be manly is to have some form of the word “man” in the song title. Ah, the "all-inclusiveness" is so impressive. No, not every “man” song graced this – that mean’s you Mulan soundtrack standout “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” – but there’s plenty of manly selections to pique your machismo!

1) Michael Jackson, “Man In The Mirr...

Does Dr. Dre Deliver After A 16 Year Album Hiatus?

8/12/2015 1:53pm EDT
Review: Dr. Dre Delivers A Gem With 'Compton'
16 years. That was how long it’s been since a new Dr. Dre album. For years, the west coast MC/producer/multimillionaire has teased the release of a third studio album, Detox. After it was all said and done – or rather upon the surprise release of Compton, Detox was scrapped once and for all. If the effort was subpar as Dr. Dre stated, well, fans came out with a victory getting Compton, an exceptional album ranking among the most thrilling regardless of genre in 2015.

“Intro” offers a brief history of Compton, hence a fitting initiation for the effort. Foreshadowing the sentiment of t...

Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran Top MTV VMA Nominations

7/21/2015 11:07pm EDT
Taylor Swift
Miley Cyrus may be hosting this year's MTV Video Music Awards, but it's Taylor Swift who could be cleaning up -- the singer has landed a whopping nine VMA nominations.

Swift is up for Best Female Video and Best Pop Video for "Blank Space"; while the video for her single "Bad Blood," which features Kendrick Lamar and stars dozens of her model and actress friends -- including Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba, Lily Aldridge, Karlie Kloss, Zendaya, Mariska Hargitay, Ellen Pompeo, Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid and Hailee Steinfeld, among others -- is nominated in seven different categories, including V...

The Best Music Albums So Far This Year

7/11/2015 10:00am EDT
25 Best Albums Of 2015 (So Far)
As hard as it is to believe, albums still exist in 2015. No, CDs aren’t flying off of the shelves any more, and Billboard has a new formula that more accurately measures album consumption (or something like that), but the album is still “alive,” even if it’s not necessarily “well.” Sale woes aside, 2015 has delivered many terrific albums. Here are the 25 best albums of 2015 so far!

1) Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly (Interscope)

Who else could be number one? There have been a lot of terrific albums in 2015, but Kendrick Lamar has honors of the best locked down. No, To Pimp A Bu...

Are These Songs On Your List For Best (So Far) This Year?

7/5/2015 11:00am EDT
25 Best Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Ah, the time has come to examine the best songs of 2015. In an age where records dominate as opposed to the albums themselves, there is always an abundance of terrific songs to choose from. But when it’s all said and done, one or more of those terrific songs is always going to get left off, no matter how long the list is, so if your favorite isn’t here, that might be the reason why. So here goes nothing – 25 of the best songs of 2015… so far! And by the way, if a song appears from 2014, it is because it blew up in 2015 or its parent album is from 2015.

1) The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Fac...

2015's Most Underrated Songs

6/28/2015 3:00pm EDT
25 Most Underrated Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Not every record ends up being a hit. In fact if you think about it, only a select few songs end up with the distinction of hit status. The songs featured on this list are terrific, but none of them have been profound in the commercial department. Arguably, the best way to describe these songs are ‘underrated’ – they are the ‘unsung heroes’ of the year as well as their artist’s respective album. All deserve the same respect if not more than the hits, but they can always bask in their critical acclaim. These are the most underrated songs of 2015…so far.

The underrated songs chosen are ...

These Songs Have No Filter

6/14/2015 7:00pm EDT
To Put It Bluntly – 12 Songs With No Filter
Have you ever heard the old saying the he or she “has no filter?” Well, that same saying can be applied to songs as well. To put it bluntly, some songs have no filter, and it all starts with a shocking title. All 12 of the songs that grace this list fit the billing – no filter whatsoever. Surprisingly, despite their explicit, ‘tactless’ nature, many of these songs are both enjoyable and ultimately, excellent.

1) Maroon 5, “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf----r” (V – Deluxe, 2015)

Maroon 5 couldn’t leave the song as merely “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt” – they had to add in “moth...

Kendrick Lamar Keeps The Top Spot

4/2/2015 9:33am EDT
Kendrick Lamar Keeps The Number One Spot Warm For A Second Week
In one of the least shocking weeks on the Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar’s critically lauded To Pimp A Butterfly sits atop the charts for a second week. Shocking right – of course not – who was about to stop it? Sales and overall impact dropped, but not too harshly for a second week on the charts – the tune of 123,000 units and 107,000 copies (sales). Sales alone have nearly given Lamar a gold album at 431,000 copies.

Basically, examining this week’s charts, the competition wasn’t there. Yes, there were newbies, but the highest bowing new album – Action Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful, settled...

Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Tops Billboard Charts

3/26/2015 9:27am EDT
Kendrick Lamar Takes 'To Pimp A Butterfly' To Number One
After dropping a ‘five-star masterpiece’ with his sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar reaps the benefits from topping the Billboard 200 – his first career number-one album. To Pimp A Butterfly easily topped the charts, selling 324,000 copies and impacting even more robustly with 363,000 units according to Billboard. The two best debuting albums of 2015 come by way of hip-hop efforts, an interesting fact. For Kendrick, he has definitely ‘come up.’

Kendrick Lamar might’ve been the star pupil of this week’s charts, but two others got in on some top 10 action. Modest Mous...

How Good Is Kendrick Lamar's New Album, 'To Pimp A Butterfly'?

3/23/2015 11:53am EDT
Kendrick Lamar
Albums that are hailed as contemporary masterpieces are hard to come by in modern times. Few efforts receive such high distinction, but across the board, Kendrick Lamar’s debut album "good Kid, m.A.A.d city" was considered to be one of those truly special, transcendent albums. How does one follow-up a juggernaut? The answer is to simply release yet another juggernaut – another album that has fans and critics alike raving. On "To Pimp A Butterfly," that’s exactly what Kendrick Lamar does – release another awesome, transcendent LP.

Over its brilliant course, "To Pimp A Butterfly" never ...

15 Drunken Songs, Mostly With Some Substance

3/22/2015 3:00pm EDT
15 ‘Drunken’ Songs: Music Written With A Lack Of Sobriety In Min
If a poll were taken, likely the majority of folks would state they enjoy an alcoholic beverage. If that poll were to focus merely on college students, the majority would be even larger. But this isn’t about how much alcohol is consumed, but rather about the songs that have been written with drunkenness, drinking, and a lack of sobriety in mind. Here are 15 Drunken Songs. Most are about substances, but a few play exception.

1) Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” (good kid m.A.A.d. City, 2012)

If one gets nothing else from Kendrick Lamar’s hit “Swimming Pools (Drank),” you kno...

Kendrick Lamar's Brilliant Move

3/18/2015 3:12pm EDT
Kendrick Lamar Makes A Brilliant Decision Releasing 'To Pimp A B
What is arguably the trendiest trend in the music industry as of late? Is it the liberal use of profanity or the heightened prevalence of sex? While both of those characterize multiple genres of music, arguably the trendiest trend is the surprise or semi-surprise album. The latest artist to drop a surprise album is none other than one of hip-hop’s most respected newbies, Kendrick Lamar.

The release of Lamar’s sophomore album has been very unique and nothing like the release of his Grammy-nominated debut good Kid m.A.A.d City. Everyone knew that Kendrick Lamar was working on a new pro...

Kendrick Lamar Breaks Streaming Record

3/18/2015 8:52am EDT
Kendrick Lamar's New Album Breaks Spotify Streaming Records
Kendrick Lamar's new album "To Pimp a Butterfly," has broken streaming records on Spotify. Tracks from the record had over 9.6 million streams on the album's first full day of release, more than any LP in the streaming service's seven-year existence.

"To Pimp a Butterfly" beat the record of 9.5 million set by Michael Buble's "Christmas", released in 2011.

There was much anticipation over Lamar's latest foray into the music business and it grew more so when the album was released a week early, much to the surprise and chagrin of the rapper.


Kendrick Lamar 'Accidental' Album Release

3/16/2015 11:10am EDT
Kendrick Lamar
Both clean and explicit versions of Kendrick Lamar's second album "To Pimp a Butterfly," were accidentally released Sunday night.

The follow-up to the rapper's first album titled "good kid, m.A.A.d city" was originally to be released on March 23. The clean version of the entire album was mistakenly released on iTunes, much to Lamar's shock.

It was quickly removed from the site, but not before some lucky fans were able to download it before it disappeared.

"To Pimp A Butterfly" now appears in iTunes as a pre-order, with only first single "The Blacker the Berry" being available for downloa...

Our Reaction To 57th Annual Grammy Awards Winners

2/10/2015 10:10am EST
Reaction To 57th Annual Grammy Awards Winners
The Grammy Awards are always interesting – at least in regards to who gets recognized with Grammys and who is snubbed. Coming into the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, the favorites were Beyoncé and Sam Smith. After the 57th Grammy Awards were finished, Sam Smith went home with four awards (three in big categories), Beyoncé left with only three, and Pharrell Williams pulled off two upsets, including one over Beyoncé. The biggest surprise came with Beck’s win for Album of the Year. Here are reactions to some of the most notable awards of the 57th Annual Grammys!

1) Record of the Year: Sam...

'Saturday Night Live': Hunger Games Cast Crash Woody's Monologue, Musical Guest Kendrick Lamar & More

11/16/2014 7:27am EST
SNL - Woody Harrelson
Season 40 of “Saturday Night Live” has been notably light on recurring material; this episode, with the exception of one sketch and one Weekend Update segment, was completely devoid of anything recurring. While it is nice to have a tendency towards original material, the best “SNL” seasons have always had a decent mix of new and repeating characters. It is time for the cast and writers to really figure out what they do best and focus on that. If the show was relying on the host to kick itself into gear in this way, then Woody Harrelson was never going to be the man for that job. Instead,...

Why The Rap Community Is Mad About Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Grammy Wins

1/29/2014 11:47am EST
Why The Rap Community Is Mad About Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Gram
No other act received more criticism for their Grammy success then Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.  Ultimately, the rap community was pretty pissed off.   After so many years of rap being under recognized by the Recording Academy, now an act grabs a victory in one of the coveted big four categories (Best New Artist) and the fans are not pleased.  Why the wall of hatred for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis?  Ultimately, it’s not so much about the Seattle MC or his producer pal; it’s more about the perception of rap by the Academy voters.  With a golden opportunity before them to award the more representativ...

2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails

1/28/2014 10:30am EST
2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails
Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed. As always, there were moments that thrilled while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year. Still, even being correct, you have to wonder what the Academy is thinking sometimes. Yes, I’m specifically referencing the fact that Kendrick Lamar was shut out – ridiculous! But here goes nothing examining the awards given.

The Big Four: Record, Album and Song of the Year & Best New Artist

Record ...

Macklemore Tells Kendrick Lamar 'I Robbed You' Following Grammy Win

1/27/2014 4:03pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore won four Grammys last night, but he texted pal Kendrick Lamar to let him know he should've won at least one.

The rapper texted Kendrick soon after the Grammys ended, "You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It's weird and sucks that I robbed you. I was gonna say that during the Speech. Then the music started playing during my speech and I froze. Anyway, you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music. Appreciate you as an artist and as a friend. Much love."

Macklemore then posted a photo of his text to Kendrick on Twitter with the caption, "My text to Ke...

2014 Grammys - Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Wins Album Of The Year (UPDATE)

1/26/2014 6:00pm EST
2014 Grammys - Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Wins Album O
The 56th annual Grammy Awards are set to get underway in just two hours, and we'll have full coverage of the winners right here on Starpulse.

Check this page throughtout the course of the night as we'll be posting the winners as they happen.

You can also join in the conversation over at our twitter page (here)

The 2014 Grammy Nominees (winners in bold)

Best New Artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo / Group Performance
"Get Lucky", Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Just Give Me A Reason", Pink featuring Nate Ruess
"Stay", ...

56th Annual Grammy Award Predictions: Who Will Take One Home

1/25/2014 8:00am EST
56th Annual Grammy Award Predictions
Grammy predictions for Record of the year, Album of the year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Broadcast takes place on Sunday, January 26th. Previously, following the announcements of the nominations, I made predictions in regards to who I thought would walk out with statues. After sitting on it a while, it is time to make one last set of predictions before Sunday’s broadcast. Here goes nothing! Picks are in bold.

First things first, let’s look at the BIG FOUR predictions

1) Record of the Year

“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rod...

20 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

12/29/2013 9:00am EST
Marshall Mathers LP 2
2013 has been an exceptional year for rap album releases.  Some were hot, while others were far from it – cold as Antarctica. Still overall, there were plenty of releases to be proud of, no questions asked. Below, you’ll find my ‘MIA’ (or called it in) list as well as my top 20 rap albums of 2013. This excludes mixtapes and previously released material FYI.

1) Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Eminem set out to prove he’s still the illest MC, epitomized by his vicious performance on the epic “Rap God”.  Ultimately, Eminem accomplishes his task of affirming his ‘god status’, sou...

50 Best Rap Songs Of 2013

12/28/2013 1:00pm EST
Kendrick Lamar
Ranking favorites from throughout the year is one of the most time-consuming and arduous things to do.  All of the rap songs on this particular list of rap songs from 2013 all stood out to me in some regard.  Are they ordered correctly – most likely not.  Is there complete analysis of each provided below or even a sound reason why they were selected… um…well now… Basically, provided is a statement of a thought, a reaction, or possibly a reason why I though each song was special.  

1) “Blood On The Leaves”

Kanye West

Album:  Yeezus

By far, the best track from Yeezus and arguably the be...

Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

12/9/2013 8:50pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking back, I have reservations now) while Mumford & Sons walked out with the Album of the Year trophy.  The year that Taylor Swift won for Fearless, my girl Beyoncé was on a roll until the coveted Album of the Year award was read.  You get my position though! This year,  I find myself...

Nominations Announced For First Annual YouTube Music Awards

10/22/2013 2:00pm EDT
Demi Lovato
YouTube has announced the nominations for the first-ever YouTube Music Awards, which will take place in New York City on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Nominees represent the artists and videos with the highest levels of YouTube fan engagement, including views, likes, shares, comments, and subscriptions.

Winners will be selected by the fans, who can now vote by visiting

The nominees are:

Video of the Year

-Epic Rap Battles Of History - Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney
-Demi Lovato - Heart Attack
-Girls' Generation - I Got A Boy
-Justin Bieber (feat. Nicki Minaj) - Beauty And A Bea...

5 Artists Trending Up Or Trending Down?

9/22/2013 9:45am EDT
Miley Cyrus
How about a case study of where we think five artists stand in 2013? Let’s case study it up!

Miley Cyrus

Up:  While it is debatable what one’s personal definition of trending up may be, Miley Cyrus for all her illy selected sexual innuendo musically made an upgrade, particularly with “Wrecking Ball”.  Yes, the video is strange, particularly her nudity and tongue-action, but the song quickly rose to no. 1 and might just make Bangerz a force to be reckoned with.  Oh and that one hit she had before “Wrecking Ball” “We Can’t Stop” is still doing things.

Justin Bieber

Down:  I think that M...

Kendrick Lamar Explains His Contentious 'King Of New York' Lyric

8/30/2013 9:27am EDT
Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar has defended his decision to moniker himself the 'King of New York' in a new song after it prompted contempt from hip-hop heavyweights Jay-Z and Sean 'Diddy' Combs.

The 26 year-old rapper made the divisive statement on Big Sean's single Control, but it prompted a contemptuous response from Diddy on Twitter along with negative comments from Lupe Fiasco and Cassidy.

Now, Lamar has spoken out to address the explosive issue, insisting the lyric has been taken out of context.

He tells L. A. radio station Power 106, "I think it's a case of maybe I should dumb down my lyrics j...